Soar Without Limits

Giving Day is on March 16!

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About

Cornell University Design Build Fly (DBF) is a student-run project team in which members develop, build, test, and optimize a custom radio-controlled aircraft to compete in the international DBF competition.

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The AIAA Design/Build/Fly competition challenges teams to create a high performing aircraft within a specified mission profile. Held in Wichita, Kansas, or Tuscon, Arizona, the competition is comprised of both a technical report and a flight performance evaluation. The written component is determined by evaluating the team's engineering process for thoroughness, justification and presentation. Check out the 2020 Competition Report (published soon).

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Meet The Team

Working in cross-functional subteams, members apply design skills learned in the classroom to produce a remote-controlled aircraft. Practicing iterative design techniques, members work in specialized sub-teams to build and test planes in preparation for competition.

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Cornell DBF is comprised of three subteams:

Mechanical and Structural, Aerodynamics and Controls, and Business.

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For more information on the subteams, see The Team page.

More information

Information on our subteams, team application, and contacting us!

Update: We are participating in Cornell Giving Day on March 16!

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Mechanical and Structural

Subteam

Learn more about the Mechnical and Structural subteam, its members, and its objectives in our THE TEAM page.

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Aerodynamics and Controls

Subteam

Learn more about the Aerodynamics and Controls subteam, its members, and its objectives in our THE TEAM page.

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Propulsion

Subteam

Learn more about the Propulsion subteam, its members, and its objectives in our THE TEAM page.

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Business

Subteam

Learn more about the Business subteam, its members, and its objectives in our THE TEAM page.

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Giving Day 2022

Giving Day is on March 16! Help support our team at DBF Giving Day.

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Have questions?

Contact us at designbuildfly@cornell.edu